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Dons of Time Paperback – October 21, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
Unwilling to embrace his family's criminal work and unable to find an alternate calling, Tonio Wolfe has spent his 30-odd years drifting. Fast approaching the limits of his father's patience, and funding, he has no choice but to take a figurehead role as head of an R&D company, TELPORT. Happily, TELPORT has created a radical new technology that allows users to view distant locations, and the applications are myriad. What Tonio is determined to keep from his father, mob boss Shelley Wolfe, is that TELPORT's technology can reach not just across space but also through time; what's more, it can be used to change the past. Guma's meandering novel never quite jells; a who's who of 19th-century figures—Jack the Ripper, Ignatius Donnelly, Annie Besant, and, of course, Nikola Tesla—have cameos, regardless of whether they add anything to the story. Part Sopranos and part X-Files, this faltering novel demonstrates that some things are less than the sum of their parts. (Oct.)
"a who's who of 19th-century figures -- Jack the Ripper, Ignatius Donnelly, Annie Besant, and, of course, Nikola Tesla... Part Sopranos and part X-Files" - Publisher's Weekly
Kirkus Reviews: "Well-constructed, action-flooded sci-fi set in a realistic historical world...even readers familiar with the Victorian era will learn about some interesting characters along the way."
MORE KIRKUS EXCERPTS: A fast-paced sci-fi thriller featuring time travel to Victorian England. Guma's latest novel stars Tonio Wolfe, who discovers that his company, TELPORT, can use "Remote Viewing" to open wormholes to the past...The scenes in Victorian England have an impressive amount of historical detail and include conversations among historical figures... Many of the novel's subplots knit together, with Tonio's quest to discover the true identity of Jack the Ripper mirroring his relationship with his father and his discovery of repressed memories from childhood.
Rob Williams, 2VR: "One of Vermont's most astute progressive thinkers, writers, and historians, Guma has tried his hand at fiction for many years, and the highly entertaining Dons is easily his best work to date... a taut, suspenseful, and action-packed time travel story that feels surprisingly contemporary... Not too spoil any of the fun, but where else can you find references to HAARP, Theophism, high-tech time travel, Jack the Ripper, tantric sex, Nikola Tesla, the NSA, Madame Blavatsky, and Burlington's waterfront neighborhood in a single book?"
Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch: "Moving back and forth in time and space, Dons of Time is many things. It is a history lesson, a fictive speculation on time travel, the nature of history, a bit of a romance and just a hint of conspiracy fiction a la Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus Trilogy. In this novel, Guma has given us a well-written and smartly told tale that is both captivating and intellectually provocative."
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